On 15-16 October 2012, the International Congress entitled “Our response to the fires – Working together for a better Chios” was held at the Homerion Cultural Center of Chios under the auspices of the Ministry of Mercantile Marine and the Aegean. This well attended initiative, organized and sponsored by the Foundation just a few months after the devastating summer fires that hit the island, brought together international and national experts in an effort to come up with practical ways for alleviating the environmental disaster and preventing future ones.
The objectives of the Congress were:
- The analysis and the drafting of recommendations for the recovery of the island and the healing of its wounds and;
- The contribution to the creation of strong infrastructures for the prevention and diminution of similar calamities in the future, as well as for the rehabilitation and further economic development and growth of the island.
Concluding its deliberations, the Congress adopted unanimously three Resolutions that pertained to recommended ways for recovery and development, such as measures of prevention in case of extensive fires, 2) the significance of volunteerism to provide direct aid, 3) the declaration of the trees “Prina” and “Shina” as monuments of natural interest.